UKPride 2018 was hosted by Isle of Wight Pride on 20 July –  more details on Isle of Wight Pride’s website. It was a resounding success and we congratulate the organisers on a fabulous event.

Pride organisations wishing to bid for UKPride 2019 and UKPride 2020 were invited to submit bids to the Board by midday Monday 8th October 2018. The bids are now shared below and will be voted on by UKPON Members with the winning hosts announced at the AGM & Conference in Glasgow on 27th October.

(view bids for 2019 AGM & Conference host here)

UKPride on Isle of Wight 2018

UKPride2018 – 150m Rainbow Flag celebrating each Pride event in the UK

The UK has more than 150 Pride events ranging from small community events for a few hundred people, to large festival-style Prides and major public events attracting hundreds of thousands. And that’s something to be proud of.  All the Members of the UK Pride Organisers Network are able to vote on which Pride is awarded ‘UKPride‘ status each year.

Hosting UKPride shines a beacon on a Pride and makes it a focal point for the Pride movement in the UK in that year, enhancing their position regionally, nationally and in the global Pride movement. It’s a similar model to EuroPride and WorldPride, and Canada has also followed suit.

UKPride – Bidding process

There is no detailed criteria for a bid for UKPride at this time. We do suggest however that the bidding organisation should have organised at least one successful Pride event that was diverse, inclusive and well received. There is no size or location requirements per se, although the bidding organisation should consider that UKPride status could increase visitor numbers to their event so it is crucial that this is planned for. Accessibility in all aspects of the event is a key consideration – including any ticket prices as we encourage free community engagement and visibility such as a Street March/Pride Parade.

Each bid should include details of the event, its location, date, timings, size, and budget. The bid should also be clear about why the organisation is bidding – including why now, and not next year, for example. The bid should be bold, and be proud of its Pride!

The Bid will be share online to all Members of UKPON and via this website. The format therefore may include a document (preferred as a PDF) and/or short movie (not more than 5mins).

Please contact us if you’d like to clarify any details or any further information: Conference Coordinator

In previous years…

The first UKPride was Pride in Hull in 2017, which coincided with Hull’s status as UK City of Culture. Pride in Hull saw a five-fold increase in their visitor numbers, and really set the bar high for future UKPride events. Isle of Wight Pride was awarded UKPride status for 2018.

The Network invited Pride organisers to bid for UKPride status in 2018, and all Network members in attendance voted on the four remaining bids at the Autumn Conference in Blackpool in October

Bids for UK Pride 2018 can be download the four bid documents below (they are PDF and will open in a new window):

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